Bledisloe Cup 2020: All Blacks out to expose Wallabies' untested pivot Reece Hodge

The All Blacks are making no secret of who they'll be targeting in the fourth and final Bledisloe test on Saturday.

Reece Hodge will be the Wallabies' third first-five option in as many weeks and after the All Blacks exposed rookie Noah Lolesio last week, they hope they can take advantage of the Rebels utility at Suncorp Stadium

The 26-year-old has played 37 tests for the Wallabies but only has one start at first-five, when he orchestrated a 63-30 win over Japan in 2017. 

But the All Blacks aren't about to let him have his own way.

"He's certainly shown skillset in the past at 10, but it's going to be another thing to go into a big test like this and we've just got to ask a few questions of him," says All Blacks coach Ian Foster.

Bledisloe Cup 2020: All Blacks out to expose Wallabies' untested pivot Reece Hodge
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Those questions will mainly be around his running game and decision-making.

One thing the All Blacks believe they know for certain is that Hodge will kick well. 

But Wallabies coach Dave Rennie wants - and needs- more from his new first-five this week.

"We know he can carry in that channel and defend well, and he gives us a bit of experience on the field," says Rennie.

Those attributes carry extra value, after last weekend's record defeat in Sydney, which has stayed with the Wallabies all week.

"It took us a while to get out of the hole," says captain Michael Hooper. 

"I can speak for myself, I was pretty dark, still a bit dark, around letting that opportunity slip."

They don't need much in the way of motivation, as they search for their first win under Rennie.

But the challenge may be even greater for the All Blacks - to try and back up a record-breaking performance in Sydney.

"It's a real focus for this team to try to keep lifting its performance, and I know it's tough, but that's what being an All Black is all about," Foster says.

And the All Blacks aren't about to take the foot off the Wallabies' throats.

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